Sodium/Po+assium

Anyone know any sodium jokes? Na. That is actually the chemical symbol for sodium (Na).
Do you want to hear a potassium joke? K. That is the chemical symbol for potassium (K).

These two electrolytes are very important to our well being yet we still do not know how to balance them and consume them properly. Most people have way too much sodium in their diet and way too little potassium but if one understand their functions then one will realize their vital importance. They also happen to work on a ‘seesaw effect’ similar to that of the brain chemicals dopamine and serotonin (as one goes up the other goes down).

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Sodium must be consumed in adequate quantities throughout the day to maintain a healthy function of the heart while regulating fluid balance in the body. It is also vital for optimal kidney function and brain development. Recently, it was discovered that sodium is a unique on/off switch for a major neurotransmitter in the brain called ‘Kainate Receptor’ which is fundamental for normal brain function and lubrication of the neurons.

Potassium is the third most abundant mineral in the human body and works in tandem with sodium to keep things in order. It boosts the nervous system and helps maintain optimal fluid balance. It is also essential for our bones and muscles and assists in their growth and recovery. Similar to sodium it keeps the brain function normal and keeps the electral conductivity in the brain optimal. It is also a great blood sugar and blood pressure regulator, but remember it is possible to have too much of a good thing.

 

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